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Jake talks about the importance of friendship and perseverance during a pandemic

Alexandra O'Loughlin29 Jul 2021

We caught up with Jake last year to see how he was finding the training amidst the pandemic. He is enrolled on our Integrated Flight Deck Programme and is on target to complete his training this year. 

When did you start your training and what stage are you at now?

When I enrolled, we started with three weeks foundation which is kind of basic theory of what you do in ground school. After foundation theory you then go straight into ground school. FTA extended the ground school from 6 months to 9 months after I enrolled, so I should hopefully be finished by December 2021. Having finished ground school, I’m now flying and currently in the final phase which includes your CPL skills test and IR (instrument rating). 

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, pilot interview, covid-19, 2021

Cadet stories: Dan

Lottie Watt02 Jun 2021

We interview Dan who is a modular student at FTA and has trained throughout the pandemic. In addition to the following interview, we also have a video interview of Dan which you can watch here. 

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Posted in: FTA, cadets, why be a pilot, fatpl, pilot interview

What is an Airline Pilot Standards (APS) Programme?

Alexandra O'Loughlin25 Aug 2020

The Airline Pilot Standards programme is held in high regard by major airlines who recognise the need for pilots to demonstrate a broader set of competencies such as leadership and teamwork, situational awareness, problem solving and decision making. 

Our APS/MCC course (delivered by our training partners Jet Masterclass) sets out to achieve the highest possible exit standard, including unrivalled manual flying technique, ample spare capacity to manage inflight non-normal scenarios, and the broadest possible skill set to pass any airline assessment and transition to the airlines with ease.

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Posted in: integrated pilot training, airlines, APS, commercial pilot, pilot interview

Find the inspiration

Alexandra O'Loughlin18 Apr 2020

Now more than ever it is easy to see how tough life can sometimes be. In unprecedented times there is need to maintain focus, demonstrate resilience, and apply hard work and self-discipline.  These are all qualities that culminate to create an ideal pilot.

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Posted in: pilot interview, flight training

Approaching the end of her training, Ashley discusses her pilot journey

Charlotte Berrystone06 Mar 2020

Ashley is currently completing her MCC/JOC and is nearing the end of her training. Before she goes off to apply for the airlines, she discusses her journey so far. Ashley explains how at age 21, an article she read on a plane discussing the lack of females in the industry, lead her to follow a career path she never previously thought about. Her journey is inspiring and offers great advice for those pursuing their own dream of becoming a pilot.

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Posted in: women in aviation, female pilots, pilot interview, youhaveit

Andrew, a First Officer for Lauda explains how he trained to become an airline pilot.

Alexandra O'Loughlin24 Jan 2020

Andrew enrolled with FTA to complete his ATPL Theory. In his job prior to pilot training, Andrew travelled a lot, working for EDF energy as a safety advisor in the nuclear industry. His father and sister are both commercial pilots so the aviation gene is definitely in the family.

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Posted in: modular pilot training, pilot interview, flight training, flight training uk

Antonio inspires a generation as he graduates age 54, and secures a job with a European airline

Alexandra O'Loughlin11 Dec 2019
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Posted in: how to become a pilot, learning to fly, pilot, pilot interview

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